Report: Manhattan judge releases another repeat offender without bail – this one assaulted a cop

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police-defunded, Democrat-run New York City continues to cut violent, repeat offenders loose thanks to its “bail reform” policies.

According to a report from The New York Post, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Paul McDonnell released Nathaniel Turner, who allegedly punched one cop and tried to bite another, even though a prosecutor asked for a $20,000 bail.

This is the second time in a weeks time span that McDonnell, who was appointed by former Mayor Bill de Blasio, let a criminal go free. Law Enforcement Today reported that McDonnell let Jacob Poole, who also goes by the name Jessica, walk on supervised release.

Poole is a serial shoplifter who was facing 37 counts and even though prosecutors requested a $10,000 bail, the judge still released the repeat offender.

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said that the parole system is “broke” and “judges like this refuse to protect the public.” He added:

“All we have are two revolving doors. One putting violent criminals back on the streets and another putting cops and innocent victims in the hospital. It has to change.”

Turner, who is 55-years-old, was arrested after he was allegedly seen getting ready to smoke crack on West 36th Street on the afternoon of August 24th.

According to law enforcement sources, he ran from officers who eventually caught up with him. At that time, he allegedly punched one of them in the face and attempted to bite another cop who used a Taser to gain compliance.

The officer who was punched was taken to a nearby hospital where he was later released after being treated for swelling and bruising.

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Turner was arrested and arraigned on charges of felony assault to a police officer, attempted assault and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutor Nicole Hoehle said in a statement:

“Defendant also has an extensive criminal history, including four violent felony convictions, one nonviolent felony conviction, six misdemeanor convictions, two failures to appear, an escape charge, a probation revocation, and three parole revocations.”

According to law enforcement sources, Turner, a resident of the Bellevue Men’s Shelter, was arrested in 2019 for allegedly assaulting a cop on the roof of a NYCHA building. Lucian Chalfen, a court system spokesman, said in a statement:

“Our criminal justice reform laws give the arraigning judge narrow discretion and require them to consider both the least restrictive form or pretrial detention and if a monetary amount is set, that it be within the defendant’s ability to meet it.”

Turner’s release comes after the no bail release of paroled, convicted sex offender Bui Van Phu, who has been accused of violently sucker punching a 52-year-old man. Phu was not brought back into custody until Governor Kathy Hochul intervened.

Law enforcement sources are dismayed by the latest case of letting criminal offenders walk free. One source fumed:

“Someone has to die now before anyone spends a night in jail.”

On August 3rd, the New York Police Department (NYPD) put out a press release detailing just how career and violent criminals are exploiting the criminal justice system in New York City. In a statement, Mayor Eric Adams said:

“The hardworking women and men of the NYPD are doing the work, but the overall system is failing New Yorkers by allowing repeat offenders back out on the streets over and over again. Time and time again, our police officers arrest someone who has multiple charges,  but no matter how many times this person may have been arrested before, they are often walking free hours later.”

According to the press release, so far in the year 2022, overall arrests by police have increased by 24 percent compared to the same time period in 2021. Arrests for the seven major felony crimes are up by approximately 29 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

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Study shows 70% of arrestees who were released under “zero cash” bail policy in CA county were rearrested

August 26th, 2022

SACRAMENTO, CA – According to reports, a study conducted by the local district attorney’s office and published by the Sacramento Bee, shows that 70 percent of arrestees who have been released under a new “zero cash bail” policy in Yolo County, were rearrested.

The Bee reported that in April 2020, while at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Judicial Council took the step of “imposing a statewide emergency bail schedule, ending the requirement of cash bail for low-level offenders” in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus among inmates.

The Bee added:

“The order set bail at $0 for most misdemeanor and low-level felony charges. The emergency order was lifted in June 2020, though individual counties were permitted to make their own decisions on whether to keep $0 bail in place.”

The data reported in the Bee said:

“… Out of 595 people [in Yolo County] who were released on $0 bail during that period [until June 2021], 420 were re-arrested, with 123 of them arrested for violent crimes, with charges ranging from murder and attempted murder to kidnapping, robbery, carjacking and domestic violence.”

Several progressive prosecutors and Democratic politicians, including former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, have pushed for “zero cash bail” or “bail reform,” often without any regard to public safety or victims.

In a statement released on Monday, August 22nd, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, said:

“When over 70 percent of the people released under mandated $0 bail policies go on to commit additional crime(s), including violent offenses such as robbery and murder, there is simply no rational public safety-related basis to continue such a practice post-pandemic, especially in light of the increasing violent crime rates across California.”

According to Fox News, in June, Reisig’s office began tracking which suspected offenders released without bail went on to commit new crimes in Yolo County, which includes parts of west Sacramento.

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In one example provided by Reisig’s office, an individual released on $0 bail was later charged with murder in Sacramento for a shooting that occurred in July 2021.

California isn’t the only state that has seen a rise in re-arrests of offenders who were released on “zero cash bail” or some other type of “bail reform” policy.

According to The New York Post, a small group of just 10 career criminals racked up nearly 500 arrests after New York enacted its bail reform, and most of them are still out on the streets.

Statistics compiled by the New York Police Department show that the city’s alleged “worst of the worst” repeat offenders have been arrested a total of 485 times since bail reform went into effect in 2020.

Mayor Eric Adams, who has repeatedly asked that state legislators roll back the bail-reform law to crack down on repeat offenders, expressed his outrage. He said:

“Our criminal justice system is insane. It is dangerous, it is harmful and it’s destroying the fabric of our city.

Time and time again, our police officers make an arrest and then the person who is arrest for assault, felonious assaults, robberies and gun possessions, they’re finding themselves back on the street within days, if not hours after the arrest.

And they go on to commit more crimes within weeks, if not days.”

The NYPD’s list of “notable” career criminals is topped by Harold Gooding, who’s been arrested a total of 101 times, with 88 come since bail reform was enacted.

According to the NYPD, he has 15 convictions, including three for felonies and failed to appear in court at least 14 times, leading to the issuance of a “significant” number of bench warrants.

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NY governor keeps pushing no-bail law that resulted in Rep. Zeldin’s attacker being released after stabbing

July 25th, 2022

ALBANY, NY- On Thursday, July 21st, while giving a speech in Fairport, New York, gubernational opponent to Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), was almost stabbed by 43-year-old David G. Jakubonis.

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Thanks to the state’s “No Bail” law, which has been consistently championed by Hochul, the man who attempted to attack and kill Zeldin, has already been released from jail after being charged with second-degree attempted assault.

Jakubonis can be seen on video jumping on the stage and attempting to stab Zeldin in the neck. Zeldin can be seen immediately grabbing the man’s wrist as a group of men proceeded to jump in to take down the assailant.

Within hours of his arrest, which was for a felony, Jakubonis was released from jail. The man who tackled the Jakubonis, AMVETS National Director Joe Chenelly, described what happened to Fox News Digital. He said:

“His fingers were like two finger holes in the blade and lunged at the congressman. And Congressman Zeldin blocked the first lunge. And then as he tried to lunge again, I grabbed him from behind and tackled him to the ground and held him on the ground.”

After the attack, Zeldin tweeted:

“His words as he tried to stab me a few hours ago were ‘you’re done’, but several attendees, including @EspositoforNY, quickly jumped into action & tackled the guy. Law enforcement was on the scene within minutes. The attacker will likely be instantly released under NY’s laws.”

A statement later released by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), stated that Jakubonis was charged with “attempted assault in the second-degree (E-felony)” and just as Zeldin predicted, was “released on his own recognizance,” which means no bail was involved.

Jakubonis has since be hit with federal assault charges. Despite its unpopularity with many New Yorkers, Governor Hochul continues to back the “No Bail” law and in an op-ed months ago, she wrote that the law has been “successful” in freeing thousands of accused criminals from New York jails, urging residents to stop blaming the law for skyrocketing crime rates.

She wrote, in part:

“…Blaming bail reform for the increase in violence that cities across America are facing isn’t fair and isn’t supported by the data.

Doing so risks distracting us from what are likely far more significant factors: upheaval from the pandemic, the availability of illegal guns, increase gang activity, lower arrest rates and a back-up court system, to name a few.”

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The “No Bail” law currently frees jailed suspects accused of several crimes, including second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular assault, third-degree assault, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, promoting a sexual performance by a child, failure to register as a sex offender, making terrorist threats, criminally negligent homicide, and aggravated vehicular homicide, among other crimes.

On Saturday, July 23rd, Zeldin appeared on SiriuXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Saturday, blasting the “No Bail” law, vowing to overturn it.

He said:

“I keep haring stories of people who get released on cashless bail, and they they go out and commit additional offenses.

And judges in case after case, wanting to be able to keep somebody detained or setting cash bail because they are concerned about the person being a flight risk, maybe they’re concerned about an individual being dangerous, maybe it’s something in their past with a criminal record and past events, maybe it’s the particular seriousness of the offense.

That distraction doesn’t exist for all sorts of different laws that are on the books.”

When speaking with Fox News, Zeldin also blasted the media’s lack of coverage of the attack, saying that it would have been different if he had been a Democrat. He said:

“I mean, I’ve been in Congress now – this is my fourth term and over the course of these years, when you look at the Steve Scalise shooting, you look at Maxine Waters calling from – for confrontation from supporters [of] Trump administration officials at restaurants and movie theaters, or the Supreme Court justices who were being attacked at their homes and their residence, this doesn’t fit the narrative.”

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Woman who allegedly started deadly fight by stabbing innocent worker will NOT be charged by New York DA

July 12th, 2022

MANHATTAN, NY – Prosecutors in Manhattan have decided NOT to file any criminal charges against a woman who is seen on store surveillance video stabbing a bodega worker seemingly without provocation.

The District Attorney’s Office claims that the video shows that the woman stabbed the worker in defense of her boyfriend, whom the bodega worker seemingly killed in self defense.

The incident started on July 1st when a woman entered a bodega in Manhattan and attempted to purchase a bag of chips for her young daughter.

But when she went to complete the purchase, the bodega worker, 61-year-old Jose Alba, advised her that the EBT card she was using was declined. The woman, who has yet to be identified, allegedly is heard on store surveillance becoming irritated and insisting that there was money left on the card. Alba can be heard saying:

“OK, mama, let me do it another time. My God.”

After the sale is declined again, the video footage has been edited and goes to other customers inside of the store while the woman can be heard saying:

“You can’t touch my daughter. Don’t snatch that out of my daughter, you [expletive] piece of [expletive].”

The incensed woman then informs Alba that she intends to get her boyfriend and bring him to the shop to deal with him. She is heard on video saying:

“I’m gonna bring my [expletive] down here and he gonna [expletive] you up. My [expletive] is gonna come down here right now and [expletive] you up!”

A few minutes after she leaves, the woman’s boyfriend, identified as convicted felon Austin Simon, enters and walks directly back behind the counter. As Simon gets behind the counter, Alba can be heard saying:

“Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa.”

Simon then allegedly is seen on video shoving the elderly man down into a chair and began scuffling with him while Alba retrieves a knife from the counter in an attempt to save his own life from a violent unprovoked attack.

During the fight, Alba fatally stabs Simon who falls to the ground. Shortly afterward is when the woman who started and escalated the incident is seen on surveillance video allegedly pulling a knife from her purse and stabbing Alba who was behind a counter.

The woman is allegedly seen stabbing Alba at least twice.

When the New York Police Department responded to the scene, instead of taking the woman into custody for stabbing Alba who was seemingly only defending himself from a violent attack, they arrested Alba.

The woman, who is seen on camera stabbing Alba twice, at first denied attacking him and then later admitted to doing so, but amazingly, instead of charging her, Manhattan’s liberal District Attorney Alvin Bragg has decided that she was somehow defending Simon who was on the ground.

News of his arrest has angered many, especially after viewing the video which seems to clearly show the woman as the aggressor from the beginning. His son, Jeffrey Alba, told the New York Post:

“He’s [Alba] not used to this behavior. He’s not used to this type of aggression. At the moment he was in fear for his life. He’s never been locked up, he’s never been in trouble. I’m 100 percent sure he’s regretting it, but at that moment I think he just blanked out, went into self-defense mode.”

Michael Discioarro, a former prosecutor and current defense attorney watched the video and weighed in by saying:

“There is no clearer example of self-defense. He’s at work, minding his own business and he is attacked. He is the victim, and he’s sitting in Rikers. This is a working person who was attacked. How does the DA make his conclusion? A jury will set this right.”

For now, Alba has been bonded out from Rikers and is currently awaiting further court proceedings after being charged with second degree murder while the woman who started it all is free to do whatever she chooses.

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Defund the police, it’ll keep people safe, they said: 14-year-old murdered on NYC subway in broad daylight

NEW YORK, NY – A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after a Saturday afternoon altercation that led to 14-year-old Ethan Reyes being stabbed to death.

It all happened around 3 pm on the northbound #1 train platform in the Hamilton Heights 137th Street City College Station.

Witnesses told police that the two teens were fighting on the street and the scuffle moved into the station and onto the platform. Investigators say that they believe that Reyes knew his alleged killer.

Using station surveillance footage, police were able to piece together what happened, as well as identify the suspect.

“This senseless and tragic incident is awful,” MTA NYC Transit President Richard Davey said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the NYPD investigation that remains in its early stages. We thank NYPD detectives for the rapid arrest of a suspect.”

According to the New York Post, sources revealed that the two boys had an ongoing feud but were unable to say what it was about.

Police say that Reyes pushed his adversary onto the tracks prior to being stabbed in the stomach. He tried to run before collapsing.

Responding officers found the youth bleeding from the stomach and rushed him to the hospital, where he later died.

“His lips were purple, and his eyes were rolled back, and he was bleeding a lot of blood,” a witness told NBC New York.  

Social media posts indicated that Reyes was an aspiring rapper who went by the stage name ‘Notti Osama’. It is believed that the suspect in his death was also in the rap music scene.

 

“It’s always very scary,” Hamilton Heights resident Michael Naranjo said. “You always have to keep keenly aware of what’s going on, especially now during this climate, especially now with the youth around here. They’re angry. They’re mad.”

New York City Mayor made a brief statement.

“Hearing about the stabbing really highlights why we need the lights on in schools like this, we need to find out what happened, we’re going to find out the person responsible,” Adams said.

But to many others, it also highlights another glaring issue.

Crime is running rampant, thanks in part to a soft on crime DA in Alvin Bragg, who is linked to George Soros funding.

The other issue. The NYPD has been plagued by early retirement, resignations and poor recruitment, all thanks to the department being defunded by a 10-digit dollar amount.

 

One might assume that the situation might be improving after Adams was sworn in, given that he was a former NYPD Captain.

Former Mayor Giuliani weighed in on that thought process, saying:

“He’s actually a worse mayor than de Blasio. Crime is up 40% under Adams. This is the ex-cop. He’s doing everything wrong.”

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